UPDATED! Second Life Steals, Deals and Freebies: All the Men’s Clothing at Kauna is FREE

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I couldn’t believe it until I actually got into the sim to check it out for myself. (You’ll probably have to use something like the Teleport Hammer to get in, because the sim is currently jam-packed with avatars picking up all the freebies!)

Kauna menswear store (Flickr photo group) is currently GIVING AWAY ALL THEIR CLOTHING AND SHOES FOR FREE. Yes, that’s right, FREE! We’re talking suits, shirts, vests, sweaters, jackets, socks, shoes and boots, tuxedos and smoking jackets and military tunics, glasses, even beards and moustaches, all mesh, all free. There are both modern and retro styles. There’s even a set of Harry Potter Hogwarts ties and a designer zombie suit!! Everything in the store is free, zilch, zippo, nada, just waiting for you to come in and vacuum it all up!

I should warn you ahead of time that all the mesh clothing comes in three standard sizes (small, medium, and large), and it is not designed specifically for popular male mesh avatar bodies like Signature Gianni or Belleza Jake.

So drop whatever you’re doing and get over here, because I don’t know how long this giveaway is going to last. You’ll have to do your shopping in-world, as Kauna does not have most of these good-quality men’s items on their SL Marketplace store.

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I am loading up the inventories of all my male alts when there’s this big a deal, and I would encourage you to do the same!

UPDATE 6:27 p.m.: In unpacking some of the suits, I have discovered that they do have versions for Slink and The Mesh Project male mesh avatar bodies. So not everything is just in small, medium, and large standard sizes. And the moustaches and beards (which comes in four different styles) are designed specifically to fit the Stanley and Daniel models of Catwa heads.

Here is one of my male alts, wearing the men’s casual suit in black, with black Oxford shoes. The shirt comes in open and closed collar versions, each in tucked and untucked versions. The outfit even comes with black socks! I’m very impressed with the quality of the clothing.

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This avatar is wearing:

Mesh Head and Body: Max Altamura avatar (free from UniHispana Crea; comes with a HUD with complete alpha controls)

Eyes: brown Dream eyes by YS&YS (free gift from a previous Second Life shopping event; no longer available)

Outfit (Shirt, Jacket, Pants, and Socks): black men’s casual suit by Kauna (free)

Shoes: black Oxfords by Kauna (free)

Hair: ash blonde Chris hair (free at the Free Dove)

AO: Daily sLife free Bento male AO (free from Tuty’s)

TOTAL COST OF THIS AVATAR: FREE!

UPDATE May 29th: Well, the huge sale at Kauna has now made the news at both the NessMarket.com blog and the FabFree blog, so you can expect things to continue to be extremely busy at that particular sim! FabFree reports that Kauna is closing and the giveaway is only until the end of this month, so hurry down before it’s all gone!

UPDATE June 1st: Well, apparently the Kauna store is still open after May 31st! I have no idea how long the sale will last though, so you should get down here as soon as you can. A commenter named Kathryn Vayandar, who appears to be a representative for the store, said the following in a comment on the FabFree blogpost:

Thanks for the mention on your blog! 🙂 When I mentioned closing, I was just referring to the special sale, not the store. The special prices are for a very short time only. As far as I know, the store is not closing.

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Second Life Steals, Deals and Freebies: A FREE Male Newbie Avatar Makeover in Fifteen Minutes!

Not too long ago, I showed you a total makeover for a newbie female avatar. Today I wanted to show you a similar makeover, but for a male avatar, which took me less than 15 minutes!

BEFORE:

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AFTER:

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My avatar is wearing:

Mesh Head and Body: Max Altamura avatar (free from UniHispana Crea)

Mesh Eyes: from the Kenna mesh head package from Genesis Lab (group gift; limited time free group join)

Shirt, Jeans and Jacket: Eric complete outfit (free at the Free Dove)

Shoes: camel Stars (free at Ajuda SL Brasil)

Hair: ash blonde Chris hair (free at the Free Dove)

AO: Daily sLife free Bento male AO (free from Tuty’s)

TOTAL COST OF THIS AVATAR: FREE!

Second Life Steals and Deals: Get a Full Bento Altamura Mesh Avatar Head and Body for Only L$300 at the eBENTO First Anniversary Event

Not too long ago, Altamura had a real deal on the Valentina mesh avatar head and body package for only L$300. Well, that deal is over, but Altamura now has another deal at the same price, this time for a male mesh avatar head and body package called Max.

This is a fully-adjustable, fully-featured Bento mesh avatar with separate HUDs for the body (with four skin tones), head, nails, and hand poses, plus a skin and makeup applier and face animation pack. This is an Omega-compatible avatar body with the relay, which is sold separately for L$99. (Note that this deal is the full package, NOT the same as the freebie versions of Max you can get at two freebie stores in SL, which do not offer the choice of four skin tones or all of these HUDs.) Here’s a picture of the head, nails, makeup, and body HUDs:

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Here’s a shot of Max wearing some free clothing from Giz Seorn from the New Resident Island village. I adjusted the sliders for his head a little from the default settings. Quite the handsome fellow, don’t you think? This is the lightest of the four skin tones.

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You do have to join the Altamura group for L$50 to take advantage of this special (just click the sign underneath the vendor panel). The price for Max without joining the group is L$6,000, so you’re only paying 5% of the full cost when you buy with the group discount! Given that you could spend up to L$5,000 on a Bento mesh head alone, this is really a great deal! Here’s what the Max vendor panel looks like at the eBENTO event:

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And here’s a SLURL that takes you directly to Altamura booth at the event.

Welcoming Back Some Old Sansar Studios Outfits: the Highlander and Astronaut

One of the pleasant surprises from today’s update of the Sansar client software was the return of two well-known and well-loved outfits originally created by Sansar Studios: the astronaut and the highlander outfits are now available for free in the clothing options available!

Previously, you had had to pay S$400 for the Highlander outfit and S$500 for the Astronaut outfit from the Sansar Store. These outfits, plus the cowboy/cowgirl outfit, were automatically removed from users’ inventories when the integration of Sansar with Marvelous Designer happened. I am delighted to see them return!

Unfortunately, the male highlander boots did not make it back, so I substituted a pair of Cora’s Ankle-Length Leather Boots in Dark Brown and they matched the outfit well. I added the Highlander men’s hairstyle (unfortunately, no longer available on the Sansar Store) and we’re ready to go hunting! (Click each picture for a larger size version.)

However, the astronaut helmet and boots did make it back with the outfit, so here’s the full look:

Thank you to Linden Lab for bringing back these outfits, and making them available for free! I have also checked, and the women’s versions of these two outfits are also available for female avatars to enjoy!

Second Life Steals, Deals and Freebies: Where to Get Both Versions of the New Free Male Mesh Avatar Head and Body by Altamura, Plus the Best Freebie Stores for Men!

Finding high-quality freebies for male avatars in Second Life can be a bit of a problem. There seems to be a LOT more freebies available for women than men. So today I am going to tell you about all the places I go visit when I am looking to outfit one of my male alts.

Did you know that Altamura has just announced that they are giving away two versions of their Max full Bento mesh avatar body and head package for FREE? (Actually, you’ll need L$1 to pay the vendor, and then the vendor automatically returns your Linden dollar.) This is a fully functional, fully adjustable, fully featured Bento mesh avatar body and head with a full set of alpha selections (but please note that you cannot hide the head using the included HUD, in order to wear another mesh avatar head with this body). Also, while you can turn the hairbase on or off using the HUD, each Max body only comes in the one skin tone. You cannot use Omega appliers with these freebie male bodies.

To pick up the darker skin tone version of Max, go to Ajuda SL Brasil. At the landing point, look for this large blue sign:

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When you click it, it will teleport you to the third floor of their large Freebies store, where you can pay the identical blue sign L$1 to buy a copy of your Max mesh avatar body and head package. (You will get your Linden refunded.) There are also many more freebies for men on this floor, of varying quality (some are mesh, some are older system clothing), so go and shop around!

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To get the lighter skin tone of Max, you need to go to another freebie spot, called the UniHispana Crea Community Gateway. This place can be a little confusing to navigate, so use the included SLURLs to find what you are looking for. The Max package is available here (again, just pay the blue sign L$1 and it will refund you):

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But the small selection of freebies for men (including the mesh dress suit and dress shoes my avatar is wearing) is located in another place on the same sim:

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Another great place for men’s freebies is the venerable Free Dove. They have a selection of high-quality men’s clothing and shoes, and a few hairstyles for men as well, located against the back wall from the entrance:

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Finally, there are some nice freebies by designer Giz Seorn (some unavailable anywhere else) that can be found at the New Resident Island freebie village:

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Note that many of the vendors at New Resident Island are restricted to avatars under a certain age in days, but the Giz Seorn freebies are available to anybody regardless of age.

So, there you have it! Only a few stops and you have not only a good-looking mesh avatar head and body, but also hair, shoes, and good-quality clothing galore! Here is a shot of my male alt, wearing the lighter-toned Max head and body, with free Chris hair from the Free Dove, and wearing the suit and shoes I got from the UniHispana freebie store:

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I forgot to mention that the Bento male animation override is also FREE, available from Tuty’s. So everything this avatar is wearing from head to toe, including the AO, is FREE!

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Jessica Outlaw’s Survey on Virtual Harassment: Half of All Women Surveyed Have Experienced At Least One Instance of Sexual Harassment in Social VR

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Photo by Mihai Surdu on Unsplash

Jessica Outlaw, whose previous research on women and social VR I talked about previously, has published the results of her latest research: a survey of over 600 people of all genders on their experience with harassment in social VR.

She reports:

Harassment is commonplace in VR. In past qualitative research, I studied sexual harassment of women. In my new project, in partnership with Pluto VR, I surveyed 600+ people who regularly use VR (Rift, Vive, PSVR, or Microsoft Windows Mixed Reality). It turns out that all genders are subject to multiple types of harassment in VR:

49% of women reported having experienced at least one instance of sexual harassment

30% of male respondents reported racist or homophobic comments

20% of males have experienced violent comments or threats

The full report can be viewed here. She summarizes her findings as follows:

  • People want to be with their friends in VR
  • 70% of those who have used multiplayer VR agree that it’s better with people they know
  • People use single-player apps to avoid harassment
  • Many avoid social VR spaces entirely

Thanks to Enrico Speranza who told me about this report!

Outfit Outlay: Ninjas in Sansar!

ninja (忍者) or shinobi (忍び) was a covert agent or mercenary in feudal Japan. The functions of the ninja included espionage, sabotage, infiltration, assassination and guerrilla warfare (Wikipedia). Three talented Sansar creators have made beautiful outfits for sale, for those days when you feel like channeling your inner ninja.

For women, there are two options for ninja wear. First up is the basic black Ninja Outfit – Female by Debi Baskerville, for S$99:

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You can pair it with the Katana for Sansar Female by Ralph Vintorix (S$50) and you’re good to go!

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Another option for women is the wonderfully detailed Onna-bugeisha / Ninja Top – Female and matching Onna-bugeisha / Ninja Pants -Female by Nya Alchemi (S$100 each). Add Nya’s Ninja Star Hat – Female to the outfit for S$75 and you’re all set!

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Here’s Vanity Fair in Nya Alchemi’s ninja outfit:

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For men, Ralph Vintorix has created a Classic Authentic Ninja Suit, which sells for S$450 and includes:

Igabakama (pants)
Kyahan (leg wrap)
Tekko (hand protection)
Uwagi (jacket)
Zukin (hood)
Tabi boots are available as a separate item (S$100) and is not included.
Katana and Pouch are free items.

Here’s my avatar in full ninja mode (click each image to see it larger):

So, whether you’re male or female, you are now ready to carry out espionage and other stealthy duties of the ninja!

(All pictures were taken in Genocyber Constantine’s Feudal Japan experience.)